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8 years 11 months ago #953 by mw0uzo
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Ah, a relief too. I was having nightmares of parcels being run over by airport carts or being used as frizbees. That was quick!

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8 years 11 months ago #954 by mw0uzo
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Update: wa0rtu - your kit has been dispatched.

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8 years 11 months ago #957 by bethsalem
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Dan

I've just received the Radbox-20 and have connected it to my computer. All seems to be working very well. I think I've set the volume level correctly so that it's capturing all events.

At the moment the Radbox is inside, facing a window. The next step is borrowing a drill and getting it set up on my balcony. Hopefully that will happen over the weekend. Once I've permanently set it up I'll post some pictures here.

I look forward to the release of RadLog v0.42 so that we can start looking at detecting coincidence events. It would be great as well as detecting terrestrial/man-made radiation that we could detect solar/cosmic events as well.

I have an idea for another environmental monitoring project, but only once Radbox is really up and running with a worldwide network. :lol:

Thanks again Dan for all your hard work in bringing this project to birth.

Stephen


UPDATE

Somebody very kindly lent me a drill and the Radbox is now outside attached to my north-east facing balcony.

It was a bit of a fiddle to get the cabling through as the connectors on either end aren't detachable and are quite sizeable. In the end I had to do what I didn't want to do and that was open the Radbox and disconnect the cable. Once I disconnected it I covered the end of the cable in insulating tape and pulled it through the hole in the wall. I reconnected it and hopefully everything is still weatherproof :unsure: At least it's working so I didn't zap it with static :pinch: , that was a relief!

It's too dark now to take photos, but I will do over the weekend so that you can see how I have attached the Radbox to my balcony railings.

So, just to recap. If you want to have yours permanently outside, but still connected to your computer, bear in mind that you will have to make a sizeable hole in the wall to do it, and you might have to take the Radbox apart a little bit in order to achieve this.

Just an aside, but I've noticed in the few hours it's been outside the count rate has dropped a little bit. When it was inside it was next to very old walls made of sandstone and granite, now it's a metre or more away from the nearest wall. I think my walls are mildly radioactive ;)

Stephen

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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 10 months ago #959 by bethsalem
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As promised I've taken a couple of photos to let you see what I've done.

In the first photo you can see that the Radbox is attached to my balcony railings with nylon ties. These hold it in place very well. No screws are supplied with the Radbox, but there are pre-drilled holes in the casing which means that you can either do what I've done, or you could attach the Radbox to wood, metal or masonry using screws or nails.

The observant among you :P may have noticed that there is no decal on the Radbox, it's just a plain black casing. The reason for this is that if I attached one of the two decals that came with the box (see the "Shop" page on this website for more info) then my neighbours would see the nuclear trefoil sign, or would look up the website, depending on which decal sticker was attached, and I know I would get concerned questions about why I was measuring radiation levels. The plain black casing and the fact that the led is facing towards my window and not outwards to the neighbours, means that the Radbox only gets a passing glance and I get no awkward questions or requests to remove it :ohmy: !

The second photo is the hole at the bottom of my balcony window. The actual drilled hole is much larger than the cabling because of the size of the connectors at either end of the cable. I've temporarily plugged the hole with a cotton wad to stop the wind, dust and bugs getting in.

I have the Radbox facing my window so that I can see the led flashing. This means that I can very quickly see if the unit is working or not.

Any questions then please ask.

Stephen
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8 years 11 months ago #960 by Frank
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Nice images and placement. Can't wait til I save up enough to get one, converted it to US dollars and have more to save up. I hadn't checked in a while and forgot :blink:

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8 years 11 months ago #961 by Frank
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Dan the Man! thought he was great for just doing up this fine site and service, upgrades to the software thru you the process, beat testing, etc so thought that was such a great determination on his part, then he goes out and starts offering and making units to increase the benefits even greater, what else can you ask of a man !! He is the man !! Great job and service Dan!,. Now to get the word out even more and get worldwide coverage increased! :)

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